Tignes Les Brévières Definitive Ski Guide
Tignes les Brévières
With a deep seed in the history of skiing, Tignes les Brévières back in the 1920’s was one of the first areas to welcome pioneer skiers. As a result, this picturesque and quaint village has been welcoming skiing and snow boarding enthusiasts ever since. The unique combination of a relaxed and chilled traditional alpine village, nestled at the bottom of the famous dam, with endless pistes, perfect conditions and easy open powder fields enables you to have everything your skiing heart desires right on your very doorstep.
The big off-piste runs from the highest parts of the resort, start with steep narrow couloirs to get the blood pumping, which run out into big snow-filled powder bowls and then ultimately through trees to the bottom of the resort. Whether you are looking for more experienced runs, or skiing for the very first time, Tignes Les Brévières has it all…
Tignes les Brévières is highly thought of as the most picturesque village in the makeup of the resort of Tignes and neighbouring Val d’Isère. It offers a range of bars, restaurants, shops & cafes as well as quick and easy access into the vast Espace Killy ski region with over 300km of piste. It is a beautiful resort with access to a high altitude range from 1550m to 3450m which provides a an excellent snow-sure record. We can offer you a welcoming catered chalet stay in Chalet Bonjour-Bonjour, Bonjour-Panoramique or Bonjour-Rosko in Tignes les Brévières, each with a choice of a hot tub or sauna to help relax those muscles at the end of a good day skiing.
While you’re out and about skiing, Tignes les Brévières is never short of some fantastic views. Off the Myrtilles blue run gaze back down towards the town and the view will just take your breath away. If you are lucky you may also come across some frozen waterfalls or visit the ice caves just off the Melèzes ski run. And of course, there is always the view from the top of La Grande Motte, which words just can’t describe!
|Resort Information||Ski Lifts in Brévières||Favourite Run||Tignes 2016-17||Ski Hire Shops|
|Ski Schools||Winter Activities||Shops||Restaurants||Bars|
|Medical Centres||Emergency Numbers||Wellness & Spas||Physiotherapy||Tignes le Lac|
|Altitude:||1550m – 3450m|
|Number of slopes:|
|Total Number of runs:||153|
|Number of lifts:||78|
|Kms of piste:||300km|
|Kms of Nordic ski slopes:||30km|
|Snowparks:||Swatch Snowpark on Col du Palet and Gliss Park in Le Lac|
|Kms from Geneva airport:||214km|
|Edge Magazine:||An online magazine full of information about Tignes and the surrounding area.|
Ski Lifts in Brévières
Les Brévières itself is perfectly integrated into the lift network, ensuring easy access to the slopes for its visitors. Skiers heading for the runs have a choice of the gondola or a chairlift, followed by another chairlift. There is then a choice of a blue or red graded runs, both taking their users straight to Tignes le Lac, the perfect starting point from which to spend a day exploring the whole “Tignes” ski area, or perhaps even the entire “Espace Killy” region.
To get to Tignes itself you can take this gondola and then the Aiguille Rouge Chairlift, from here you can ski down into Tignes, it takes approximately 20 minutes on these lifts.
This chairlift can be used in both directions (up and down) and is free to use for skiers and pedestrians, it takes you to Tignes les Boisses. From here you can take a free bus to Tignes le Lac.
This is a free lift for the nursery slope.
This is a functional lift to help guests who are staying in the upper part of the village like our Chalet Bonjour-Panoramique & Bonjour-Rosko.
Returning to Les Brévières
The return journey to Les Brévières at the end of the day couldn’t be more straightforward. All it takes is one chairlift ride from Tignes le Lac called the Chaudannes which takes 6 minutes, and visitors will find themselves with a choice of 1 blue, 2 red and 1 black-graded run, all of which will take them directly back down to the resort. These runs are fully operational right up until the end of the season, thanks to a combination of excellent snow conditions and the use of snow cannons. It is also possible to get the Sache gondola back down to resort as long as you are there by 4:45pm!
Alternatively you can take the bus from Tignes le Lac to Boisses – ski from here on an easy blue into the village or take the Brevieres chair lift down. First-time skiers will find a dedicated practice run in Les Brévières, complete with its own (free-to-use) drag lift. Tignes have mapped out specific areas for beginner skiers and boarders – find out more by reading our guide ‘Tignes for Beginners’ – it’s the perfect resort for learning!
In our opinion, the Vallon de Sache is quite literally, the best run in the resort. It has everything, and is always quiet, a gorgeous hidden gem, which many of the Ski Bonjour staff just rave about. To get there, take the Aiguille Percée chairlift and walk up to the top of the slope, turning right. There you will find three couloirs, with various flatter and steeper sections, which all take you back down to the Sache Valley.
Tignes Round-up 2016-17
Tignes have put together a round-up of last season – the very best bits of the year – take a look at this short video which highlights the resort popularity – see you next year!
Ski Hire Shops
|Phone:||+44 (0)203 3264299|
|Description:||Tignes Spirit is an independent ski and snowboard company based in Tignes, offering ski and snowboard hire as well as ski accessory & clothing hire. They offer Ski Bonjour customers a very competitive price for ski hire which includes a generous 40% discount.|
|Phone:||+33 (0)4 79 06 40 09|
|Description:||Intersport offers a wide range of products at a convenient location in Tignes les Brévières.|
|Phone:||+33 1 41 12 97 97|
|Description:||For ski hire in Tignes les Brévières, put your trust in real mountain professionals who are ski and board sports specialists.|
|Phone:||+33 7 60 82 10 12|
|Description:||There is tuition for everyone whether you want to be in a small group or have private lessons, all with English speaking, expert instructors plus free certificates and medals! Choose from half day or full day lessons, a supervised lunch is also available. Booking early is advisable especially during peak weeks!|
Yeti Academy – ages 5-14 years old
Alternatively, add some adventure to your holiday; go paragliding, ice diving, speed riding, ice climbing, dog sledding, quad riding or go on a helicopter trip. Evolution 2 have fun and friendly instructors to ensure you make the most of your holiday.
|Phone:||+ 33 4 79 06 30 28|
|Description:||English speaking ski lessons for all levels; group and private available. All lessons start at the Sache gondola in Tignes Les Brévières. There is also an ESF office based in the centre of the resort so it is possible to book on arrival.|
Alternative Winter Activities
Apart from taking advantage of the beautiful views from the many slopes, there are plenty of daytime activities in Tignes Les Brévières. How about hiring a guide from the local tourist office to take you on some breath-taking hikes around the area? Don’t forget to go prepared for any condition! Alternatively, if you fancy some daredevil activities whilst staying in Les Brévières, you can go paragliding with Evo2– imagine the thrill of skiing off the side of a cliff and floating back down to the slopes! Ideal for thrill seekers! Don’t forget the camera for some breath-taking views. Or for a more relaxed day, why not take a stroll to the local market selling delicious fresh cheese and meats from around the region?
Get the kids in the snow, by doing some fun sledging on the traditional Savoyard sledge; made from wood – laughter guaranteed! The Vanoise National Park is also great to go wildlife spotting. Open all year round; the National park is well worth a visit and you might even spot a Marmot out and about if you are there in early Spring. Check out our ‘Top 10 Things to Do in Tignes 2018’ guide for even more inspiration!
|Description:||The artificial waterfall of Tignes is frozen, showing the sure arrival of winter. Climbing up a wall of ice, you’re sure to enjoy a unique experience. Wearing a harness and crampons, with an ice axe in hand and a helmet on your head, you’ll be off to conquer a wall of ice! Located in Tignes les Brévières, this activity is open to everyone for the enjoyment of all.|
|Practical info:||Book with Evolution2 (details above).|
|Description:||Wearing traditional snowshoes (simple footwear that enables you to distribute your weight over a larger area) walk with ease and at your own pace, without any special effort. Snowshoeing is an activity open to all; enjoy the quiet wilderness and perhaps come into contact with chamois or ibex.|
Discover the Plateau du Marais – a 1,5 km long marked itinerary, suitable for everyone, adults and children, to enjoy the fresh air of the mountains surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Tignes and Val d’Isère ski area.
|Practical info:||Book with Evolution2 (details above) and access by the Boisses and Brévières gondolas.|
|Activity:||New! Palafou Luge|
|Description:||Toboggan run – 3kms long with an altitude range of 471m and it has an exciting 40m tunnel on the route. There is a height restriction (1.4m) so it is limited to older children and adults who are looking for some fun – it’s a sporty downhill run for daredevils!|
|Open:||It is usually open from Sunday to Friday 16:45 – 19:30 throughout the season.|
|Location:||Top of the Palafour Chairlift in Tignes|
|Activity:||New! Snow Tubing|
|Description:||Take a tube, use the dedicated magic carpet and ride the special tracks at speed! If you take the bus from Tignes, get off just after the roundabout as you approach Val Claret – you’ll see the Snow Tubing hut to the right by the slopes. It’s an exciting adventure for all the family!|
|Cost:||€7-€17 depending on age!|
|Open:||2pm to 9pm from Monday to Saturday.|
Shops, Cafés, Bars & Restaurants
Les Brévières certainly doesn’t lack anything in the Après-Ski department, with a fine selection of cafes, bars and restaurants serving both international and local delicacies such as raclette and fondue, or favourites such as pizza or steak. On the chalet staff’s night off, they even offer takeaway pizza, and if you are staying in self-catering accommodation and you just can’t be bothered to cook one night, they also offer a catering service. After a hard day’s skiing, it’s worth the treat if you ask us!
As well as its ordinary supermarket, Les Brévières also hosts a daily street market, where shoppers will find a variety of local produce such as delicious meats and cheeses.
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 38 64|
|Description:||This is a small but well stocked Sherpa supermarket in Brévières that sells most of the basics and wines & spirits. It has an onsite bakery, which produces excellent artisan breads, viennoiseries and pastries.|
|Opening times:||In Winter: from 15th December to 30th April; AM: 7.00 – 1.00 / PM: 4.30 – 7.30In Summer: from 4th July to 30th August; AM: 7.30 – 12.30 / PM: 4.00 – 8.00|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 35 31|
|Description:||Selling a range of gifts, English newspapers & tobacco and services such as laundry, apartment rentals & linen rentals.|
|Name:||Post Office, Tourist Office & Cash Machine|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 40 28|
|Description:||Small mailing service, tourist office and outside post box. There is one outdoor cash machine in the village located next to the Post Office.|
|Phone:||+33 (0)6 21 28 24 13|
|Description:||Enjoy an evening meal in the restaurant or try their Pizza and takeaway menu available with free delivery in Brévières. They also offer courtesy transport for guests back to your chalet after dinner, subject to availability.|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 43 52|
|Description:||Simple, friendly French restaurant, fantastic atmosphere with an excellent menu which is good value for money. Dishes include fondu, raclette, pirard, duck confit and many more.|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 35 03|
|Description:||Situated next to the piste, this is the perfect spot to relax at the end of a long day skiing with a Vin chaud or Hot chocolate, there are even outside heaters for the chilly afternoons. In the evenings it serves excellent Savoyard specials such as raclette, fondu and pirard.|
|Phone:||+33 6 15 70 11 53|
|Description:||Excellent Savoyard cuisine in a friendly atmosphere, with bar area and a grand selection of beers. Popular and lively at lunchtimes with it’s large terrace and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.|
|Name:||L’Etoile des neiges|
|Phone:||+33 (0)4 79 06 41 16|
|Description:||Traditional cuisine and specialities with a terrace and deckchairs. Facing the Vallon de la Sache gondola. On the piste views with on the piste prices!|
|Name:||The Boot Room|
|Description:||Previously known as Vincents, this new bar in Brévières is very popular for après ski through to the evening, it’s got a great social atmosphere providing live music, good bar food and of course good beers & cocktails – Hugalaaa Bugalaaa!|
|Description:||After a few drinks in The Boot Room, take a short walk to this very popular bar later in the evening which is open 10pm until 2am every night, this is the place to party! Fun, lively and rustic, it serves a new diner style menu with all mains under €15, cocktails, mulled cider, drink promos, it hums with live music, karaoke and even has regular fancy dress nights!|
|Name:||Bar le Geant|
|Description:||Perfect for a quiet drink and a game of pool. Good selection of spirits and beer with friendly staff.|
Whilst there is no crèche facility in Tignes les Brevieres itself, there are a number of nanny services nearby that can be booked in advance to suit your childcare needs. Here are a few of our recommendations:
|Phone:||+44 (0) 208 144 1054|
|Description:||T4 nannies hand pick nannies who share their belief that undivided attention, fun and getting involved are the key ingredients to a happy family holiday.|
|Name:||Jelly & Ice Cream|
|Phone:||+34 690 255 425|
|Description:||Jelly & Ice Cream provide a private nanny and babysitting service in Tignes & Val d’Isere, ensuring your children are well looked after, leaving you free to enjoy your skiing.|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 30 32|
|Address:||Les Brevieres, Le Kern, 73320, Tignes|
Ski Bonjour do offer a shared transfer coach service that runs every Sunday and collects guests arriving in Geneva airport up to 1.30pm. The transfer to resort is approximately 3 hours and the cost is €90 per person for a return journey or €55 for a single trip (10% group discount applies for 6 guests or more – €81 return or €50 single). We can also organise private coach transfers for large groups of 20 people or more to meet your specified flight times at your chosen airport – please enquire directly.
If our own shared transfer service does not fit with your travel plans, there are a couple of transfer companies that we recommend, which run 8 seated mini buses to resort with either a private or shared option.
|Phone:||+44 207 183 4886|
|Description:||Private mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isère from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.|
|Phone:||UK: +44 (0) 203 287 4588 or Europe: +33 (0) 977 217 766|
|Description:||Private mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isère from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.|
|Phone:||UK: +44 (0) 151 792 1877 or Europe: +33 (0) 479 551 231|
|Mobile:||+44 (0) 7523 331 932|
|Description:||Shared or private mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isère from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.|
|Phone:||+33 4 76 65 48 48|
|Email:||firstname.lastname@example.org (for Grenoble, Lyon & Chambery airports)|
|Email:||email@example.com (for Geneva airport)|
|Description:||Shared mini bus transfers to Tignes & Val d’Isère from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble airports.|
Or you could transfer in no time by helicopter from your airport to Tignes:
|Phone:||+44 7796 640841|
|Description:||Shared helicopter transfers from airport to resort:|
Geneva > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 35 mins
Chambery > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 30 mins
Grenoble > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 40 mins
Lyon > Val d’Isere / Tignes – Flight time: Approx. 45 mins
Public Bus to Bourg & Geneva
|Phone:||+33 4 79 68 32 96|
|Description:||This is the only public bus that links Tignes les Brévières to Geneva airport via Bourg St Maurice. It runs approximately 4 times per day, the journey is about 3 hours to Geneva (35 minutes to Bourg). It meets at the main bus stop and it is an efficient timely service. Tickets can be pre-booked online or purchased in resort prior to your journey.|
|Name:||Up & Down Taxis|
|Phone:||+33 6 52 47 62 74|
|Phone:||+33 6 09 43 90 60|
The nearest medical centre is in Tignes le Lac, which is right in the center and easy to get to. If you have an accident during your stay their medical service is efficient and reliable. It is recommended that you have EHIC cards for all members of the family. There is also a medical centre in Val Claret.
|Name:||Le Lac Medical Centre|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 50 07|
|Address:||Palafour, Le Lac|
|Opening times:||Monday to Saturday: 9am-12pm, 3-7pm, Sunday: 10am-12pm, 4-7pm|
|Name:||Val Claret Medical Centre|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 59 64|
|Address:||Tichot Building, Val Claret|
|Opening times:||Monday to Saturday: 9am-12pm, 3-7pm, Sunday: 10am-12pm, 4-7pm.|
Emergency Contact Numbers
|Police Nationale (Gendarmerie):||17|
|Fire & Accident / Sapeurs Pompiers:||18|
|SOS – All Services (Calling from a Mobile):||112|
If in doubt take a look at this ‘Health & Emergencies in Tignes’ article which tells you how the medical system works, including information about EHIC cards (allowing you to get state healthcare at a reduced cost) and what you need to do to claim your reimbursement.
Wellness Health & Spa
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 38 05|
|Description:||The Wellness centre offers (by appointment) sauna, hammam & jacuzzi, you can also pre-book treatments such as massages and facials.|
|Phone:||+33 6 12 65 34 52|
|Description:||Pre-book treatments from sports massage to luxurious hot stones. Prior to each treatment their therapists will discuss your body’s requirements and the best treatments and oils for you.|
|Phone:||+33 6 68 57 00 99|
|Name:||Masseur-Kinésithérapeute du sport|
|Phone:||+33 7 60 20 84 88|
|Name:||Bonne Santé Physiotherapy|
|Phone:||+33 4 79 06 07 27|
Tignes le Lac
Whilst Tignes les Brévières is pretty self-sufficient it is only a ten-minute drive or twenty-minute ski to get you to Tignes, an internationally known ski resort. If you like shopping Tignes is a down to earth resort with good shops and a friendly atmosphere.
Tignes has many facilities, including banks, hospital, a sports centre, gym, mountain guiding centre, cinema, bowling alley and the not-to-be-missed ice diving club where you can be lowered into the lake through a hole cut in the ice in scuba gear! There is also an Aquatic Centre with pools, saunas, spas and water slides plus a very good gym open to the public. The Aquatic Centre has free entry to anybody with an Espace Killy ski pass from 2 to 15 days long. The gym has a modest entry fee. An International conference and sports facility was built in 2013 containing concert venues as well as excellent sports facilities and a world-class climbing wall.
We can also offer you a fantastic stay at our Chalet Bonjour-Tourelle in Tignes, which is marked on this map. For more information you can also read our comprehensive Tignes le Lac Guide, which includes restaurants, bars, activities and much more!
For more information and advice to help you make the most of your skiing holiday in Tignes, we suggest checking out the following online resources and websites, which include tips and guides on everything from the skiing itself to food and drink, activities and hot spots in resort:
Tignes for Beginners 2018: Find out why we know Tignes is such a great resort for first time skiers & boarders.
Tignes & Val d’Isère Lift Passes – The 2017-18 Ultimate Guide: Find out about the Espace Killy lift passes, family passes, pedestrian passes, carrè neige and what’s included.
Driving to Tignes: Find your way by car to the alps – you’ll find information about whether to cross by ferry or channel tunnel from the UK, directions to Tignes and information regarding parking when you get there (there is free parking in Brévières which is a bonus!)
Edge Magazine: An online magazine full of information about Tignes and the surrounding area. Events, competitions, news and much more!
Tignes.net: Offering a great insight into the resort covering all aspects from accommodation, activities, practical information, webcams and events.
Ski Club Great Britain: This resort guide from the Ski Club is a useful and light-hearted overview, including weather reports, key facts and stats and a great ‘tips’ section.
The Telegraph: An “insiders” guide to the resort, featuring a great ‘itineraries’ section which suggests some skiing highlights for beginners, intermediates and experts.